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All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

It may be the most ambitious intercity passenger rail project in the nation today. By the end of 2016, All Aboard Florida will connect Orlando to Miami, with intermediate stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “By connecting Central and South Florida, in a way we’re going back to the future, because it was [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Leave it to Frank Lloyd Wright to re-imagine the filling station. In 1927. Up ‘til then, a gas station was a fairly simple affair – usually a primitive wooden shack with an outhouse behind it. But Wright, commissioned by the Tydol Gas Company for a new design, had other ideas – like a cantilevered canopy [...]

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Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Three jury-selected modern homes and three “people’s choice” houses are the winners in the 2014 Matsumoto Prize competition in North Carolina. The six homes – from Durham, Leicester, Asheville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte – made the final cut from a total of 12 entries. The competition, the third in as many years, is sponsored by North Carolina [...]

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A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

Schooled in architecture and music at Berkeley and Harvard, Anthony Poon was studying modernism in the mid-1980s when post-modernism was all the rage. But the discipline of Harvard’s Bauhaus regimen clearly won out. “I was drawing with incredible rigor,” he says. “It was a very academic approach.” Still, in his Modern Villa, designed with developer [...]

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A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

In 2005, fresh from selling his substantial portfolio of residential real estate in downtown Dallas, developer Andrew Adler moved to California. Wisely, he waited. When the bubble in the housing market burst, he began to look around. And he found a development in Palm Springs, one built around a Jack Nicklaus golf course, and in [...]

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In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

Wuhan is a second-tier city of 15 million people in China, poised on the cusp of greatness. And 5+design, out of Hollywood, Calif., is on hand to help. The company announced this week that ground has been broken on Park Place, a mixed-use project set within the Shui On Land Wuhan Yongqing master plan. “Wuhan [...]

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In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

Fresh out of Cooper Union in 1979 and armed with a degree in fine arts and a major in photography, Brian Rose set out to photograph New York. He shot the Lower East Side, landed a grant to shoot the Financial District, then took on Central Park for the Conservancy when it was in its [...]

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In San Francisco, Potter Akio Nukaga

In San Francisco, Potter Akio Nukaga

By George Calys In the centuries-old tradition of Japanese ceramics, potters were “born into the profession,” much like cobblers, silversmiths or leather workers in pre-industrial Europe.  But Akio Nukaya, a renowned master potter, had no artisanal pedigree; he had to earn his place throwing clay and pushing the boundaries of accepted Japanese pottery. As part [...]

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A Public Park for More than Recreation

A Public Park for More than Recreation

The 3.25-acre park on the site of a proposed 50-story Miami Beach tower is more than a just a place to play. This landscape component at 500 Alton seeks to complement the city’s plans to install a series of pumping stations that will soon parallel the shores of Biscayne Bay. “We can provide room for [...]

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In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

“Gigantic,” “Over-the-top” and “Controversial” are just three of the adjectives used thus far to describe 500 Alton, a new, 50-story residential tower that may one day hover above the entrance to Miami Beach. “Ambitious” might be added to the list as well. Sleekly designed by Perkins+Will, with a thoughtful and sustainable landscape design from Urban [...]

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